TaxBustersChicago.com Job Scam Alert
Beware! There is another suspicious “Tax Preparation” business website claiming to have been in business in Chicago for 25 years, however the website, Taxbusterschicago.com was just registered with a registrar in China on 12/1/2015 for one year and is hosted somewhere in Germany…NOT the US!
The website is shown to be registered to someone named Gerald Greene, 2441 N Laramie Avenue, Chicago, YD 23509. Not sure what the “YD” is supposed to represent and the registered phone number and email address really throws a red flag: Registrant Phone: +89.413624027, Registrant Email: PaulVWashington@teleworm.us. +89 is the country code in Germany and teleworm.us is part of a free disposable email address service called Fake Mail Generator. The website shows the phone # to be (773) 888-0260.
Taxbusterschicago.com and TaxBustersil.com are exact carbon copies of the website used in a previous scam we warned our readers about earlier this year, see Taxrefex.com Scam Alert! Below is a screenshot of Taxbusterschicago.com:
And below is a streetview screenshot of the exact location of their so called “Corporate Headquarters” taken in Sept 2015. Notice it appears to be an apartment building, there is no business sign out front and there is no info that can be found showing that Tax Busters LLC is or has been operating at this address:
Home Based Administrative “Operator” Position?
We know scammers operated fake tax preparation websites like this in the past and was sending out job offers to job seekers offering them a home based administrative “Operator” or “Client Manager” positions. They required the “employees” bank account to receive and then process tax refunds for their “out of country” clients who had worked in the USA. They would deposit so called “Tax Refunds” in the employees bank account saying it was their “out of country” clients refund and the employee’s job was to was to withdraw the refund, go to Western Union or Money Gram, document and wire the funds to the out of country tax payer! However, the funds the scammers deposited in the employees bank account was stolen of course and the “out of country” client the employee wired the tax refund to, was actually the criminals!
There is NO doubt in my mind that Taxbusterschicago.com and now a new site just created 12/7/2015 at TaxBustersil.com are both fraudulent websites and is just another money mule operation described above! So Be careful! If you were contacted by someone offering a work at home job with Tax Busters LLC in Chicago, do NOT reply or accept the job and do NOT provide them with any of your personal details!
Although there is a legitimate Tax business near Chicago called Tax Busters, don’t be fooled! TaxBusterschicago.com or TaxBustersil.com is NOT affiliated with the legitimate business at all! Scammers often steal the credentials of a legitimate business to try and fool potential victims!
What To Do If You Are A Victim
If you have fell victim to an employment scam like this, you need to contact your bank immediately and close your account IF you have provided your account information to the scammers. Next file a police report with your local authorities and then file a complaint with the FBI’s internet crime center at http://www.ic3.gov/
If you provided your personal information like ss # birthdate etc , you need to contact the 3 credit bureaus- TransUnion, Equifax and Experian, and place a fraud alert on your report. These criminals can steal your identity and may try and obtain credit in your name. Doing this will alert you for at least 90 days about any suspicious activity.
In the hands of a thief, just your name, address, Social Security number or date of birth, can be used over and over months- even years down the road to:
Open new lines of credit
Seek medical attention
Drain savings and retirement accounts
Provide an alias when arrested
Get a job or file false tax returns
Get Payday Loans in your name
Obtain service agreements for cellular service or utilities
Obtain Government Documents such as a drivers license or passport
That’s why I highly recommend you get some sort of ongoing identity theft protection such as the services offered through companies like LifeLock-Visit Their Website Here! LifeLock is a reputable company that monitors your accounts and alerts and protects you from identity theft.
Have you received a suspicious email offering you a “job” with Tax Busters LLC in Chicago that you never applied for? Feel free to copy and paste the email in the comments so we can help alert and prevent others from becoming victims.